Jump to content
Danny152

RE: British Rations

Recommended Posts

Menu 17 has an Oatmeal Block, not sure which other menus have them, I only have a list for menus 11-20. Here are some photos of 2/3rds of my Oatmeal Blocks, the other tin is in my truck and available for viewing at Wicksteed at War this weekend, look for the West Wilts MVT banner

 

Wish I was going - still got the old P38 can opener on my key ring!! :-) :-)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Wish I was going - still got the old P38 can opener on my key ring!! :-) :-)

 

They are still supplied in the 10 man ration packs! Or they were 6 years ago when I was given a 10 man pack.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
They are still supplied in the 10 man ration packs! Or they were 6 years ago when I was given a 10 man pack.

 

I haven't seen a 10 man pack in 30+ years :) For ease I've been getting the 10 x 1 man pack boxes from evilbay for use at shows. - saves taking fresh food other than maybe bread. First box i got were late 80's and were very good - had Biscuits AB, Biscuits Fruit AB, Oatmeal Blocks and Yorkie bars in them with a nice selection of meals. Last box I got was a more recent issue - most of the good stuff was gone - breakfasts were replaced by friggin muesli for gods sake!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There is a quite resonable Civvy substitute. Huntley and Palmers Capt. Scotts Expedition Biscuits,

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Was that supplied via any motorway services stopped at on the way to the excersie? :nono:

 

Yep, that's it - stomping about in your full greens getting funny looks from the tourists and truck drivers.

Happy days! :-D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I found the Izal toilet 'Paper' (I use the word 'Paper', advisedly! :-X ) very good for rubbing down wooden furniture on Rifles!..............LOL :cheesy:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i would still eat the 1970's tins. about 15 years ago i got a fet tins of cookies dated 1950 from a nuclear shelter. they were dry but still good to eat.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi,

 

I can state with certainty that these were contained in 24 hr rat packs in 1969. Hope that helps! There was a white squeezy tube of condensed milk to go with the tea.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've been given an open but complete 24hr GS from 1995 if anyone wants it, it's no longer edible but may be of use in a display. Beans and bacon, menu A. All the packaging is intact just no longer edible. This is the green foil packs for the biscuits and oatmeal block type.

Edited by snowdrop358
spelling

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I've been given an open but complete 24hr GS from 1995 if anyone wants it, it's no longer edible but may be of use in a display. Beans and bacon, menu A. All the packaging is intact just no longer edible. This is the green foil packs for the biscuits and oatmeal block type.

 

Are you sure it's no longer edible?? In the mid seventies we were eating packs dated late 50's :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

As an aside. My son Tom, now strapping six foot plus and a Farther himself, was born three months premature. He was unable to breast feed so was given a concotion of artfical milk, it stunk something rotten but he lapped it up. One of the nurse's told me that though the stuff was remarkable it had a chequered history. Apparently at one time it had been trialled in Royal Marine rations, they hated it! :-D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Ah ! Biscuits Dog, Cheese Posessed, and a squirt of Jam. :cool2: Marvellous !

 

Cheese, Possessed was very much sought after by an acquaintance. He was a keen angler and had discovered it was irresistible to carp. (I suspect it was promptly banned from use in competitions.)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Cheese, Possessed was very much sought after by an acquaintance. He was a keen angler and had discovered it was irresistible to carp. (I suspect it was promptly banned from use in competitions.)

 

It was called Cheese possessed for a very good reason!! :wow: :wow:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Feeding to prisoners was considered a cruel and unusal punishment. Apparently first made in US by Kraft in 1916, when the MOD must have obtained it supplies, found this quote Competitors referred to it as embalmed cheese.:-D For those who have never endured, think of a large lump of the orange muck on cheeseburgers.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Biccis Brown Just like eating manhole covers, cheese possessed, fun if you threw a tin in a fire and ran like hell. There is a recipe on the internet for oatmeal blocks, give it a try!

best of luck

Artifficer

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Have a part complete late 60s/early 70s 24 Hr compo ration if anyone interested.

 

Thanks

What does it consist of & how much are you asking for it?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Tins-Steak and Kidney Pudding,Cheese Processed,Bacon Burgers and one other(stored away again and cannot remember what the other was).2 x packs biscuits plain,1 x sweet,Oatmeal Block,Tea and Sugar,Tube of Jam,instructions,the original box and thats about it I think. Cannot upload pics but can email over to anyone interested. Thanks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I sampled some of this stuff in the early 80s, via a friend who was in the TA, in the form of a few 24 hour ration packs. I was home for a couple of weekends from college and he was peddling them for less than I would have paid for supplies in the local shops. I was also curious. Green metallised plastic packaging, IIRC, for the Biccies AB (I liked these; there again I was always happy enough to nibble a dry savoury cracker with my tea) etc. But the only difference I could discern between Bacon Burgers and Bacon Grill was in the direction in which you sliced them. Quite tasty stuff, anyway. The grey Steak and Kidney Puds were good too; I think they might have been the same as the Goblin branded individual ones in the supermarkets at that time.

 

Overall I was surprised at how good it was.

 

Thought you might like a civvy 'gourmet' opinion!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
There must be room for a Servant or Batman in the officers ration pack, to cook his meals :whistle:

 

No, he and the gourmet chef are only found in the ten man packs. Poor Darlings have to rough it with the issue Aga for individual packs. :-D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


×
×
  • Create New...